Professor of Viking Studies at The University of Nottingham
I was educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania (USA), Durham (UK, BA in English Language and Medieval Literature), Oslo (Norway, Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship) and London (PhD in Scandinavian Studies, UCL). Before coming to Nottingham in 1985, I worked as a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main (Germany). During my time at Nottingham I have been Head of the School of English Studies (2001-4), and was promoted to Professor of Viking Studies in 2002.
I have been working on Old Norse language and literature since 1977 and the Viking Age since 1985. During that time I have followed in the footsteps of the Vikings around the world, from Russia to Newfoundland. I have published books and articles on lost sagas, Scandinavian ballads, women in the Viking Age, runic inscriptions from both Scandinavia and the British Isles, ships, skaldic poetry, Orkneyinga saga, the Viking Age as a diaspora, and much more. To read more about my research interests and publications, please visit my university home page.